How do you make a pair of Macetech RGB Neopixel LED Shades even better? Custom hardware, sensors, and bluetooth from Adafruit of course! Read on to learn how to turn a pair of "Hacker Edition" Macetech Shades into fully controllable "smart shades" with the Adafruit Bluefruit app for iOS and Android and some clever Arduino programming!
We're doing a lot of streaming lately, and I wanted to make a sign that would let people know when we're on air. All this guide will do is connect to the Twitch API and determine if the user is currently streaming - if so, the Feather will turn on some NeoPixels (you can also just use LEDs if you like) to light up the sign.
The IS31FL3731 will let you get back to that classic LED matrix look, with a nice upgrade! This I2C LED driver chip has the ability to PWM each individual LED in a 16x9 grid so you can have beautiful LED lighting effects, without a lot of pin twiddling. Simply tell the chip which LED on the grid you want lit, and what brightness and it's all taken care of for you.
The Terminal Block Breakout FeatherWing kit is like the Golden Eagle of prototyping FeatherWings (eg. majestic, powerful, good-looking). To start, you get a nice prototyping area underneath your Feather, with extra pads for ground, 3.3V and SDA/SCL. Not one to stop there, we expanded the PCB out to 2" x 2.5" with 3.5mm pitch terminal blocks down each side. There's also four mounting holes so you can attach the breakout to your enclosure or project.
This guide will show you how to build an Arduino package tracker that will alert you when an anticipated package arrives at your door. Using an internet-connected Arduino, a proximity sensor, and Temboo, we’ll build a device that connects hardware to web services in order to track packages and notify you when they arrive.
We like the AVR 8-bit family and we're excited to see Atmel upgrade the series with a USB core. Having USB built in allows the chip to act like any USB device. For example, we can program the chip to 'pretend' it's a USB joystick, or a keyboard, or a flash drive! Another nice bonus of having USB built in is that instead of having an FTDI chip or cable (like an Arduino), we can emulate the serial port directly in the chip. This costs some Flash space and RAM space but that's the trade-off.
The original Adafruit Motorshield kit is one of our most beloved kits, which is why we decided to make something even better. We have upgraded the shield kit to make the bestest, easiest way to drive DC and Stepper motors. This shield will make quick work of your next robotics project! We kept the ability to drive up to 4 DC motors or 2 stepper motors, but added many improvements:
Mu is an amazing editor that works with CircuitPython and compatible boards. You can connect to the serial REPL right inside the editor. It also includes a plotter the works with your code to give you a live visual graph of your data! This guide will show you different ways to use the plotter with different sensors. It's time to plot!
This guide starts with the absolute basics to build user interfaces on the PiTFT in Pygame. It shows how to update the screen from a GPI. Then, in reverse, the touch screen is used to control a GPO. Next, a UI framework is introduced - this makes better looking interfaces and more elegant code. Finally, an analog input is used to control a gauge widget on the display.